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St Francis Xavier

Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view the RE curriculum by year.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11


At SFX our students think like a Theologian because... 

they are curious and ask questions. They understand the impact/influence of RE in their lives and the lives of people around the world as they study religion and cultures. They compare and evaluate different viewpoints and justify their own opinion, whilst being able to point out weaknesses in Ethical and philosophical arguments.


Recent research used to inform practices in RE

  • Retrieval practice
  • Kate Jones
  • Tier 2 and tier 3 words
  • Reciprocal reading
  • REQM prep
  • Diocesan updates
  • REQM needs to be changed to preparing to deliver the new RED



RE vision

“RE has an exceptional impact on pupils’ positive attitudes to diversity and difference in society. The jointly agreed syllabus enables pupils to understand the distinctive features of the Catholic and Anglican faith.” SIAMs Ofsted inspection 2018

The Religious Education department is committed to delivering high quality teaching and learning, underpinned by the Gospel values of Love of God and Love of neighbour. Religious Education is at the heart of the curriculum and hopefully will “construct a platform, on which individuals can stand to make a faith commitment and develop as fulfilled human beings”

We aspire to lead students to a sympathetic understanding of the teachings of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, while providing all pupils with a full appreciation of Britain as a multicultural society, by exploring a variety of world faiths, in order to create respect and peace. We are concerned with searching for answers to the deeper questions of human existence in order to help students make sense of life.

RE has an exceptional impact on students’ positive attitudes to diversity and difference in society. The agreed diocesan syllabi enables students to understand the distinctive features of our two Church traditions that they see enacted in our worship. A comment that is widely echoed is “The school makes sure we are united, not divided by our own brands of Christianity” The study of different religions gives students a wider perspective and they freely express their opinions with both honesty and sensitivity. They learn to “disagree well” because they are able to explore and question issues in an atmosphere where they are safe and supported.

At Key Stage 3 students are engaged using in depth schemes of work, dynamic resources and forward thinking teaching and learning, respecting both traditions. We use a variety of strategies to encourage students to think philosophically about what it means to be human and how they belong to God, the Church and the world. Students will examine the Biblical text, assess the impact this has on human experience and make connections with their own lives.

At Key Stage 4 the full cohort of students study both Christianity and Judaism alongside philosophical and ethical themes. They develop a detailed understanding of a variety of moral issues and the impact they have on humanity whilst developing skills in evaluation, explanation and the ability to present a justified argument.

“Pupils regularly achieve exceptionally high standards in RE, leading to GCSE results that are well above the national average. This is one of the highest achieving departments and particularly impressive as all pupils take the subject to GCSE, in line with the high profile given to RE as a core subject” SIAMs Ofsted inspection 2018


Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision    


Curriculum team

  • Mrs C Masterman - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr M Morrison - RE Teacher
  • Mrs S Coxton - RE Teacher
  • Mrs L Curran - RE Teacher
  • Mrs K Devanney - RE Teacher
  • Ms R Hope - RE Teacher
  • Miss S Quinn - RE Teacher
  • Mrs L Sanders – School Chaplain


KS4 courses  

  •  GCSE Religious Studies - AQA ROUTE A (8062)


Enrichment opportunities

  • Revision groups
  • One to one revision
  • Philosophy club
  • Equality working party
  • Pilgrimage to Lourdes
  • Overseas visits to Rome or Krakow